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BY TIM ABRAM toabram@go.olemiss.edu De jure segregation (segregation by law) was officially abolished with the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, but de facto segregation (segregation by choice) still exists in pockets of our society. For example, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “It...

BY JON HAYWOOD jontarius@gmail.com I had no idea what I was getting myself into four years ago when I joined the Ole Miss family. I first heard about Ole Miss when I was 12 years old. I came here for an engineering competition during the spring. As with anyone who witnesses Ole Miss in the springtime, I absolutely felt love for the campus. So, I promised myself that I...

BY BRITTANY SHARKEY brittsharkey@gmail.com That which we would call an enemy combatant or a criminal is just as dangerous. After Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured alive, speculation from armchair criminologists abounded. Would Tsarnaev be tried in a criminal court or would he be classified as an enemy combatant? Many prominent politicians called...

BY TRENTON WINFORD tgwinford@bellsouth.net Recently my class took a tour of the National Center for Physical Acoustics, which is right here on the campus of The University of Mississippi. Prior to this tour, I did not know that the center existed, much less what projects and research were conducted there. I didn’t feel too bad, though, since the employee giving us the...

BY ANNA RUSH akrush1@gmail.com Facebook has a new commercial that absolutely enrages me. It shows a girl around college age at a family dinner. One of the ladies at the table, arguably the crazy, unmarried aunt who smells like cats and gives the worst Christmas presents, begins to tell a story. The story is painfully boring, but the girl has a method of escape: Facebook...

BY WANFEI WU wwu@go.olemiss.edu Two weeks countdown to graduation. I did a self-critique of my messy life this semester, and it made me realize just how lazy and idle I am. In China, our education system is different from the one in the United States. We have a tough elimination system before we enter into college. Pressure came from parents, teachers, society and even...

BY LEXI THOMAN alexandria.thoman@gmail.com Each generation has an event that that defines them, characterizes their identity and shapes how their view of the world. For the Greatest Generation, it was World War II. For their “Baby Boomer” children after them, it was the Vietnam War and the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s. For my parents in the 1980s, the...

BY E.M. TRAN emtran3@gmail.com   A recent poll shows a hike in former President George W. Bush’s approval ratings, which were almost rock bottom at 33 percent when he left Washington, and 25 percent (which he hit three times) at their overall lowest while he was in office. The survey indicates a rise to 47 percent. This upsurge in nostalgia for George W.’s decidedly...

BY ALEXANDRA WILLIAMSON aewillia@go.olemiss.edu   We refuse to be terrorized. People said it after 9/11; if you trade the government your liberty for the promise of safety, you’re letting the terrorists win. And the same can be said now. After the attack on the World Trade Center, we gave up any semblance of privacy for the Patriot Act and the Transportation Security...

BY TIM ABRAM toabram@go.olemiss.edu   In 1903, W.E.B. DuBois coined the phrase “double consciousness” in his book “The Souls of Black Folk.” DuBois defined double consciousness as “(a feeling of) two-ness—an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings … two warring ideas in one dark body whose dogged strength alone keeps it...